Darjeeling: BJP MP Denies Exclusion of 1Lakh Gorkhas from NRC

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Darjeeling MP Raju Bista on Monday dismissed the claims of exclusion of one lakh Gorkhas from the final list of National Register of Citizens’ (NRC) in Assam.

In a press statement issued by Raju Bista, it said that all the talk about 1 lakh Gorkhas being left out of NRC is a mere speculation and has no basis on facts. “This figure is pure speculation on the part of a few individuals and the final figures of how many have been left out etc. will only be determined after a few days when we have official figures in hand,” said Bista in the statement.

The BJP MP further said that he is closely monitoring the situation and is in touch with party leadership in Assam and Delhi and with all the important NGOs and students’ unions that are working for the welfare of Gorkhas in Assam.

A few political parties are spreading misinformation and attempting to mislead the people in order to gain some political millage out of it. The same people who have jeopardized the future of Gorkhas in Darjeeling hills, Terai and Dooars are trying to create a similar situation in Assam. Bista requested them not to politicize this issue.

Bista further pointed out that Union Home Minister Amit Shah had assured the Gorkha community during his speech at Kalimpong that the Gorkhas would be protected at all costs. Former home minister Rajnath Singh and Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal have also assured that Indian Gorkhas have nothing to worry about.

Bista also said that implementation of NRC in Assam is being conducted under the strict supervision of Hon’ble Supreme Court of India and therefore, those genuine Indians whose names have been left out of the final NRC will be given adequate time and opportunities to have their cases redressed.

The BJP MP also requested to be patient and to wait for proper information to be declared officially rather than to allow people with vested interests to create confusion, panic and disorder.

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